Broadview Energy is currently investigating the potential for a wind farm on agricultural land to the north of Dorchester in Dorset.

Wind Farm Plans Welcomed by President of Dorchester’s Chamber of Commerce

The wind farm investment opportunity has apparently been welcomed by the President of Dorchester’s Chamber of Commerce. According to the DorsetEcho, Alison Moore has stressed that the Chamber did not have a view on whether or not the scheme planned for land near Slyer’s Lane at Charminster should go ahead, but said she was pleased with discussions with developer Broadview Energy Limited that if any scheme does go ahead then firms in the county town will be in line to grab a slice of the investment into the area.

Mrs Moore said: “The Chamber doesn’t have a view on whether it goes ahead and it would not be appropriate for us to have one. However, we have been in contact with the developer and have been reassured that if the planning should be successful they are looking to source as many of their suppliers from local businesses as possible, which is absolutely brilliant.”

Broadview’s project manager Tom Cosgrove commented in the Dorset Echo: “Despite the proposal for the Slyer’s Lane project being at a very early stage we are keen to hear from local contractors and businesses who could potentially get involved in the construction phase of the wind farm. If planning permission were to be granted, there would be a range of opportunities for local businesses to get involved through tendering for a wide range of services which could be anything from catering and security to providing labour and materials through construction. We are keen to meet with local suppliers and service providers over the coming months so that we can formulate a picture as to where the best opportunities for utilising a local supply chain lie if the project goes ahead.”

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Potential for up to 7 Wind Turbines

Broadview have stated that initial studies indicate that the site has potential to accommodate up to seven wind turbines, which, if constructed, could make a valuable contribution towards increasing the UK’s energy security and reducing carbon emissions.

In September 2013 West Dorset District Council granted permission for Broadview to install a 60m high wind monitoring mast at the site, which has now been erected. Also underway are a number of detailed technical and environmental studies which will provide further information on the suitability of the site and help to inform an Environmental Impact Assessment, investigating how any future wind farm proposal will integrate with the existing environment.

An important part in the development of the proposal is consultation. Not only with advisory bodies such as Natural England and English Heritage, but also with the local community. Broadview has therefore thanked all of the residents that took the time to come to its public exhibitions during October 2013. The feedback received at the events will be considered during the upcoming design process, during which turbine numbers, size and locations will be fixed. Once they have settled on the project design that achieves the best balance between maximising the generation of renewable electricity and being sensitive to the important characteristics of the local environment, they will hold further exhibitions to display their plans and invite feedback.

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Dorset Energized are thrilled to see that our local newspapers are discussing the wind farm in a positive light as we believe that wind power should be an important part of our local energy mix as a clean, domestic resource with no dependency on imported fossil fuels. Click here more information and FAQs about Wind Power.